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The margins of citizenship: introduction

ByPhilip Cook, Jonathan Seglow

For many, the ideal of citizenship as a complete complement of rights contrasts with the reality of a partial and insecure assemblage of entitlements. Thus we find degrees of distance between full citizens and those at the margins. This special issue examines a range of different experiences of citizenship through the lens of marginality. Whether through an examination of specific cases of marginal citizenship, or through reflection on the concept of marginal citizenship more broadly, the papers in this issue plot a detailed map of marginal citizenship in contemporary societies. The authors describe a complex terrain where political institutions, law and morality often fail to provide a coherent and justified citizenship for groups at a distance from an ideal of citizenship as equal membership.